2013VajraBarbera2013 G.D. Vajra, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmonte, Italy.
While I’m a sucker for Giuseppe Vajra’s Nebbiolo wines and his amazing Riesling, I also adore the Barbera, and this 2013 is a flavorful and stylish example of this varietal and a wine that shines light on this terroir. Pure and to the point the 2013 Vajra Babera d’Alba is deeply colored in the glass with red/black garnet at the core with hints purple and ruby edges, it is lively on the palate with a certain brightness of character, but rich and pleasing with a wonderful mouth feel, the main thrust is blackberry and cherry fruit with a touch of plum and fig, along with anise and mineral spice. This clean and charming Barbera flirts with lush details, though remains about medium weight and balanced throughout, it is gorgeous with food and with easily pair with a variety of cuisine options. 2013 has turned out well for Barbera, and this is one of the best out there, along with the wines of Giovanni Rosso and La Spinetta, it looks like a good vintage to stock up on as 2014 looks a touch flat and light for Barbera, and the 2013’s have a solid life ahead for at least 5 to 6 years. Vajra’s Barbera d’Alba gets a bit lost behind his Barolo offerings, but it’s not a wine to pass up with plenty of layers of dark fruit, spice and subtle earthiness it’s a worthy prize. For your cellar, get all the Vajra and Luigi Baudana (by G.D. Vajra) Barolo 2012 you can afford, but don’t forget about this impressive Barbera to drink now!
($26 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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